Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health

Perth, Australia
03 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Population and Global Health

PLAYCE Research Group

Ranked #1 in WA, #5 in Australia and #48 in the World for Public Health

  • Level B, part-time 0.6-0.8 FTE appointment on a 12 month fixed term basis
  • Salary range: $97,310 to $115,350 plus superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and is a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

As part of the School of Population and Global Health, you will join The PLAY Spaces and Environments for Children’s Physical Activity, Health & Development (PLAYCE) team. The PLAYCE program of research focuses developing, evaluating and translating strategies for improving young children’s movement behaviours, health and development. This research targets the environments in which young children are exposed; home, neighbourhood and early childhood education and care. We are a research intensive internationally recognised multidisciplinary team with complimentary expertise in child physical activity and related health behaviours, community and early childhood education and care based interventions, supportive environments for physical activity and health, national and international physical activity policy and guideline development, physical activity measurement, health promotion policy implementation and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative health research methods, and consumer and community engagement.

About the opportunity

You will work primarily with Associate Professor Hayley Christian and will have the opportunity to work with other leading researchers from other departments and institutions nationally and internationally. As a Research Fellow on a NHMRC Partnership Project grant, you will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence informed physical activity policy for early childhood education and care providers in Australia. You will work collaboratively with government, NGOs and private partners and work on quantitative and qualitative studies to capture high quality data, data processing and analyses, preparing and leading manuscripts and conference presentations and the dissemination and translation of findings to partners investigators and stakeholders. You will also have the opportunity to develop grant writing and student supervision skills.

About You

You will be an enthusiastic, competent Research Fellow able to work well with the wider research team, along with all external partners and stakeholders. With clear, critical thinking skills and a strong conceptual and analytical background in quantitative and qualitative methods, you will possess excellent writing and communication skills along with experience in physical activity related research. Research project management and coordination skills are essential. Experience with health promotion program and policy development, implementation and evaluation methods and implementation research and is preferred while a PhD in public health, health promotion, health sciences or relevant field is required.

Enquiries related to this position may be directed to A/Prof Hayley Christian on +61 8 6488 8501 or

Note: Interviews for this appointment are currently scheduled for Tuesday, 22 January 2019 (subject to change).

Closing date: Sunday, 27 January 2019

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the Position Description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
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